Based on rice flour, the recipe for the new Dolci Evasioni shortbread biscuits was developed by the pastry chefs of our laboratory in the Syracuse prison to offer a crumbly, tasty and pleasant biscuit for all palates. Gluten-free, dairy-free and nut-free, made with genuine ingredients from organic farming, moderately sweet thanks to the use of cane sugar.
Shortbread biscuits with carob and cinnamon are innovative and refined biscuits, the result of the perfect fusion between the traditional flavor of Sicilian carob beans and the exotic fragrance of cinnamon.
Carob flour is a typical ingredient of Sicilian gastronomy, used mainly, but not only, in the preparation of desserts, such as biscuits, puddings and spreads. Its taste recalls that of cocoa, representing a valid substitute, with the advantage of the absence of exciting substances (therefore perfect for children too), and their contribution in terms of vitamins, mineral salts, trace elements and fibers. It is also rich in natural sugars, requiring a smaller quantity of added sugar in sweet preparations. We have mitigated and enriched the strong and pungent flavor of the carob by adding cinnamon and Sicilian orange zest.
The result is a shortbread with a strong character and original flavor, which recalls traditions by approaching more contemporary needs and tastes.
- Gluten Free
- Progetto Sostenuto
- Economia Carceraria
L’Arcolaio is a type B social cooperative, which was founded in 2003 to facilitate the work placement of prisoners through the management of a productive activity within the Syracuse prison, which it takes care of and initiates commercial development.
Initially, the cooperative produces organic bread, but encounters many commercial difficulties and the market and customers are not yet ready for this innovative choice, therefore the production of bread is abandoned, favoring the organic, gluten-free and solidarity creation of almond pastes and other typical sweets of the Sicilian tradition.
In 2005 the registered trademark “Dolci Evasioni” was created and a dedicated packaging was developed. Dolci Evasioni products conquer the national market through specialized organic shops, fair trade shops and GAS (solidarity buying groups).
In 2014, with the support of the Val di Noto Community Foundation, of which the Arcolaio is a founding member, the Frutti degli Iblei project was launched: through the recovery of uncultivated land and the involvement of other categories of disadvantaged people (mainly young and immigrant women), new product categories are introduced, such as aromatic herbs, flavored salts and dried vegetables.
All products are made with organic ingredients of the highest quality and are certified by ICEA (Institute for Ethical and Environmental Certification).
Furthermore, Dolci Evasioni produced in prison are entirely gluten free, thanks to a laboratory that excludes the use of raw materials with gluten.
Most of the Arcolaio's desserts are based on the use of Sicilian almonds, an excellence of the territory. Almonds can be tasted natural or peeled, toasted, praline and covered with delicious chocolate, or transformed into fragrant traditional Sicilian sweets, such as almond paste and soft amaretti, and in the precious preparation for almond milk. The almond is also the protagonist of the pesto, made only with basil and extra virgin olive oil, without garlic and without cheese.
In addition to almonds, citrus fruits are also enhanced: "we select the most fragrant lemons and oranges, dry the slices at low temperature to give you a delicious snack and transform the skins into irresistible candied fruit covered in chocolate. The syrup obtained from candying is used as a base for our wholemeal shortbread biscuits of ancient Sicilian wheat ".